THE EASTERN PIANO PROJECT
'THE REBETIKO ERA'
released by melissamusic
The piano, as a musical instrument, has existed on music stages as well as in the discography of the rembétiko and laikó musical styles in Greece for many years. The names of some pianists of this particular repertoire have been connected to this instrument, bequeathing recorded material of great musical value.
--The Eastern Piano Project is built upon two fundamental elements of art: practice and theory. The double nature of this project is particularly interesting, with both a scientific and an artistic side – revealing information especially useful to the pianist and the scientist. The piano holds a distinguishable place amongst urban popular musical genres of the Mediterranean and the East. Research, either musical (practical) or musicological (theoretical) or both, can initially attest to the endless capabilities of the instrument.
--The discographical work of the The Eastern Piano Project (see www.eastern-piano.com) is divided into categories. The first discographical subject relates to the period of the rebetiko of Piraeus, and includes pianistic arrangements of the songs of this period, using several performing approaches; it also includes three taksims (improvisations). Although future productions will include recordings using the duet type piano-voice, I chose for this work to consist of solistic pianistic performances exclusively.
--Many thanks to Panos Ioannidis for offering his workshop and allowing me to record on his handmade dream piano. The instruments of Ioannidis are the definition of art construction.
(The album is dedicated to Spyros Peristeris)
1. The minor of the dawn | 02.30
The record label refers to Spyros Peristeris as the name of the composer. However, information from several sources testify to the fact that Apostolos Hatzihristos and Kostas Kaplanis claim the song’s paternity.
2. Ouzo, hashish and other fairy tales | 02.38
Based on Ouzo, hashish by Minos Matsas
3. Minore taksim | 03.52
4. I want a princess | 02.23
Based on I want a princess by Panagiotis Tountas
Sheet music: I want a princess
5. Czerny’s coat | 04.37
Based on Winter came, by Panagiotis Tountas
Sheet music: Czerny's coat
6. Heroin and dope (Proussa) | 02.47
7. Ousak taksim | 04.22
8. Beyond the meadows | 03.08
Based on the traditional Beyond the meadows
Sheet music: Beyond the meadows
9. The blue windows | 01.45
10. Hicaz taksim | 04.30
11. Move from my corner | 03.01
Based on Move from my corner, by Markos Vamvakaris
12. The dance of the piano | 02.46
Sheet music: The dance of the piano
Piano: Nikos Ordoulidis
Recording - Mixing: George Bakalis | EastSide Recording Studio, Thessaloniki • www.eastsidestudio.gr
Mastering: George Pentzikis | Studio Magnanimous, Thessaloniki • www.magnanimous.gr
Artwork: artStudio | Akis Thomaidis
Recorded at “Handmade Piano” workshop on custom made Concert Grand pianos designed and built by Panos Ioannidis. www.handmadepiano.eu